Several years ago, Tal Ezer, an oceanographer at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., was jogging through flooded streets, even though the sun shined and the weather had been nice for days. Government tidal predictions were off by a foot and he wondered why.
In 1969, shortly after its mission to drift in the Gulf Stream, the Ben Franklin submarine was docked on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Gene Feldman, then in high school, spotted posters on lampposts about the sub. He and his family decided to take a look.
When Tom Rossby travels to Europe and mentions he’s an oceanographer, people inevitably ask: Is the Gulf Stream slowing down?
To tell this undercovered story, The Post and Courier weaves history and science into a story that captures the majesty of the Gulf Stream and the stakes as the climate warms.
A computer that crunched data for climate studies sits in a football field-sized warehouse in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and has the computing power of 300,000 laptops. It's so robust that it can do more than 10 quadrillion simple math problems per second. It's called Titan.
The Gulf Stream is a migratory highway for tuna, dolphinfish and billfish, so commercial and sports fishermen often turn to ocean forecasters to give them an edge.
Dawn brightened the salt marsh as the Hurricane II left Little River, a small town about 25 miles up the coast from Myrtle Beach just before you cross over into North Carolina. The boat's destination was the Gulf Stream.
Oil spills in the Gulf Stream off South Carolina could form fast-moving slicks for hundreds of miles, making cleanup nearly impossible, a Post and Courier analysis shows.
Sunny day flooding used to be a rarity in Charleston and many other seacoast cities. Where Charleston saw just a day or two of tidal flooding a year in the 1960s, now it sees as many as 50.
A secretive South Carolina police force jailed dozens of Hispanic landscapers, maids and restaurant workers in recent years after lawmakers promised it would target violent gangs, drug kingpins and human traffickers.
South Carolina's system for monitoring funeral homes and crematoriums, is rife with delays, secrecy and potential conflicts that allow unscrupulous undertakers to continue operating for years after problems are discovered.
A South Carolina law, passed by the General Assembly in 1962, sets no minimum age for marriage — as long as the bride is pregnant.
Advocates and journalists have paid critical attention to children in foster care. But once those children become adults and age out, they go largely forgotten, often cast into the world with little more than traumatic memories and mistrust to guide them.
A tire recycling company rolled into South Carolina with big ideas, but wound up creating mountains of waste that the state could end up paying millions to clean up.
George Stinney Jr was accused of bludgeoning two white girls to death and convicted by an all-white jury in a matter of minutes. Now, more than 70 years later, new evidence suggests someone else may have committed the murders.
Shortly before a judge threw out George Stinney Jr.'s murder conviction, several men gathered along a four-lane highway that cuts through Alcolu. Their mission: Install a memorial to George in the form of a tombstone planted in a black man's front yard.
Attorney Matt Burgess clutched the judge’s order in his hand, a phone pressed to his ear, as he waited for Amie Ruffner to pick up the call some 600 miles away.
Attorneys fighting to overturn George Stinney Jr.’s 70-year-old murder conviction knew that time and legal precedent worked against them in what seemed like a hopelessly cold case.
At 7:30 a.m. on June 16, 1944, inmate No. 260, dressed in a loose-fitting striped jumpsuit, was escorted to the little brick death house at the state penitentiary in Columbia, a Bible tucked under his arm.
A chance encounter in 1944 brings 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. into brief contact with two white girls. It seems so innocuous. Yet, an enduring mystery is born in the moments the girls walk away.
Taxpayers lost a pile of money on the problem-plagued redevelopment of the former Charleston Naval Hospital, but the developers, their lenders and lawyers walked away with millions.
This is the $33 million fixer-upper Charleston County bought to settle a lawsuit over its decision to pull out of a redevelopment plan in North Charleston.
Over the past decade, state legislatures across the country rewrote rule books for how power companies pay for new power plants, shifting financial risks away from electric companies to you and everyone else.
Jillian and Steve Williams were desperate for good news when they sat down in a small room full of medical specialists to talk about their baby girl.
One morning in July, children as young as 5 arrived at summer camp and found their path blocked by a string of yellow tape and police cruisers.
The phone call interrupted her as she removed her son’s laundry from a dryer. Just five weeks had passed since a probation violation had landed him at a remote wilderness camp for small-time juvenile offenders. His original crime: stealing candy from a Kmart.
Roger Roberts had close to $7,500 in his pockets when a Richland County sheriff’s deputy pulled him over along a Columbia road in August 2012.
The United States won the Cold War in the Savannah River valley of South Carolina, the isolated deserts of New Mexico and along the Columbia River in Washington state. Those are among the dozen places scattered across the continent where America created and built its nuclear arsenal. Today, the nation continues to cope with that legacy.
Several years ago, researchers calculated how many people were affected by the global shortage of surgeons, and the numbers were stunning: 17 million people a year die. How did health leaders miss this story for so long?
Foreign doctors are a vital part of the healthcare system in the United States. But at what cost?
J. Marion Sims — the so-called "father of gynecology" — is perhaps South Carolina's most infamous physician. Statues, buildings and monuments can be found in his name from Columbia to New York City. But should he be so widely admired?
Short-term missions have become one of the key ways that wealthy countries help the poor, but critics say these missions, especially medical ones, also can do harm.
South Carolina electricity customers could save as much as $1 billion a year thanks to the Obama Administration’s Clean Air Plan and steps here to shift from coal toward nuclear power.
But that savings could go up in smoke if South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and Gov. Nikki Haley have their way.
Law enforcement agencies have for decades used what’s known as field interview or contact cards to document everything from sketchy activity to random encounters with people on the street. But the digital age has greatly expanded the power and reach of this tool, allowing police to store ind…
More than 100,000 children are adopted in the United States each year and an untold number of prospective parents are duped by con artists offering up make-believe babies during the adoption process.
South Carolina elected officials and candidates have what amounts to a personal ATM that dispensed nearly $100 million since 2009 for such things as car repairs, football tickets, male-enhancement pills, GoPro cameras, overseas junkets and gasoline.
An untold number of foster children in South Carolina custody are neglected, drugged, beaten and molested in group homes and institutions where the state warehouses them for millions of dollars a year at taxpayer expense.
When police pull the trigger in South Carolina, investigators fail to answer key questions about what happened, fail to document the backgrounds of the officers and demonstrate a clear pattern of double standards that favor police.